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Messi dismayed at red card

Lionel Messi was clearly bemused by his sending off on his Argentina debut.

Lionel Messi was clearly bemused by his sending off just 30 seconds into his Argentina debut stating that it was not exactly what he had dreamt of.

The Barcelona youngster was called into Jose Pekerman's squad for the first time after an impressive showing in the recent Under-20 World Championships.

But his appearance lasted just 30 seconds after he came on as a second-half substitute in Argentina's 2-1 win over Hungary in Budapest on Wednesday night.

After receiving the ball for the first time, Messi was fouled by Vilmos Vanczak and immediately retaliated earning himself a straight red card.

"He came through me and had hold of me and I wanted to break free, but the referee interpreted it as though I had tried to shove him away," Messi explained.

"I went on with a lot of time left in the game, but then what happened, happened.

"It was not like I had dreamed it would be."

Messi's rise to prominence is remarkable as he has progressed from playing in Barcelona's C team two seasons ago, to being made a member of the first team squad at Camp Nou this summer and being included by Pekerman in the Argentina squad.

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